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Dancing With Ghosts Ebook Free Download

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Freshman year of university was supposed to mean freedom.

It was supposed to be her escape from parents who didn’t understand her – who turned Patricia away every time she reached out for help. New city, new school, new friends, fresh start – wasn’t that how it’s supposed to work?

Instead, when Patricia moves from her small, isolating hometown to the bustling, sprawling city Freshman year of university was supposed to mean freedom.

It was supposed to be her escape from parents who didn’t understand her – who turned Patricia away every time she reached out for help. New city, new school, new friends, fresh start – wasn’t that how it’s supposed to work?

Instead, when Patricia moves from her small, isolating hometown to the bustling, sprawling cityscape of Toronto, she finds herself more alone than ever. When she meets Derek – an intriguing yet mysterious classmate – she’s instantly drawn in by his worldly knowledge and easy charm.

For a while, things between them are perfect. For a while, it’s thrilling being invited into a world unlike anything Patricia’s experienced before.

But this isn’t a love story and not everyone is what they seem. …more

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**2015 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Finalist and on the 2015 Drunken Druid Award Shortlist **
Taisie MacDonnell is a quiet girl who loves knitting and Celtic music. When a traditional Irish group moves to her small town of Antrim, Maine, she’s thrilled. And that the handsome pipe player she met at a fair is one of the band **2015 Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree and 2015 Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards Finalist and on the 2015 Drunken Druid Award Shortlist **
Taisie MacDonnell is a quiet girl who loves knitting and Celtic music. When a traditional Irish group moves to her small town of Antrim, Maine, she’s thrilled. And that the handsome pipe player she met at a fair is one of the band members makes it all the more exciting.

Conn McLaren and his siblings that make up the band, The Black Swans, are wanderers, moving from place to place. They have a secret that they must hide, a curse they have been under for many years, placed on them by the Fae at the behest of their step-mother, Aoife.

Taisie has no idea that becoming involved with Conn, the handsome pipe player, will enmesh her in magic, a centuries-old enchantment and pursuit by the Fae.

This book is a modern retelling of the old Irish story “The Children of Lir”. …more

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Ojimbo, a young man from a small tribe in southern Africa, lands a position as a guest speaker at an English university. Ojimbo’s journey to become a man requires that he leave behind his homeland, his tribe, and everything he ever knew, to discover more of the world. Traveling on the strength of his spirit, the encouraging words of his mother, and his sense of honor, Ojim Ojimbo, a young man from a small tribe in southern Africa, lands a position as a guest speaker at an English university. Ojimbo’s journey to become a man requires that he leave behind his homeland, his tribe, and everything he ever knew, to discover more of the world. Traveling on the strength of his spirit, the encouraging words of his mother, and his sense of honor, Ojimbo explores what the larger world has to offer. Through stories of his homeland, and having played among elephants, Ojimbo intrigues all who meet him. They are willing to help the boy travel from one country to another so he can share his tales. Ojimbo has an amazing journey as he trails some elephants after a night of tragedy and with his journey emerges a stronger tale which he carries with him as he speaks to many people from country to country. Ojimbo carries his home continent on his narrow shoulders and does it with the warm memories of his friends and tribe he hopes to return home to. …more

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Immigrant from a small Korean fishing village, Kee, balances the study of Martial Arts, English, New York City Life and family dysfunction. First in a trilogy.

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This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.

Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper…

Fifteen-year-old Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the Janjaweed’s trail of murder and destruction. Nawra cannot read or write, but This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur.

Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper…

Fifteen-year-old Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the Janjaweed’s trail of murder and destruction. Nawra cannot read or write, but when a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs her with an American donor, Nawra dictates her thank-you letters. Putting her experiences into words begins to free her from her devastating past—and to brighten the path to her future.

K. C. is an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, who hates reading and writing—or anything that smacks of school. But as Nawra pours grief and joy into her letters, she inspires K. C. to see beyond her own struggles. And as K. C. opens her heart in her responses to Nawra, she becomes both a dedicated friend and a passionate activist for Darfur.

In this poetic tale of unlikely sisterhood, debut author Sylvia Whitman captures the friendship between two girls who teach each other compassion and share a remarkable bond that bridges two continents. …more

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Song of Winds is a fast-pace adventure mystery thriller for older young adults and the young at heart – a sort of Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown and Jackie Chan, yet very different.

Two thousand years ago, a geomancer leads a tribe out of the tomb of Emperor Qin. One thousand years later, a treasure is lost to the Incas.

Today, an unusual terracotta soldier is unearthed in C Song of Winds is a fast-pace adventure mystery thriller for older young adults and the young at heart – a sort of Indiana Jones meets Dan Brown and Jackie Chan, yet very different.

Two thousand years ago, a geomancer leads a tribe out of the tomb of Emperor Qin. One thousand years later, a treasure is lost to the Incas.

Today, an unusual terracotta soldier is unearthed in China.

A mild mannered Korean boy can fly. A beautiful American girl finds lost souls in Peru. The richest man in Asia turns to the I Ching for clues. An old Mexican man is selling hot dogs in the streets of New York. And they are all connected in a fate that began in ancient China and ends in the mountains of present-day Peru.

Meet the SAINTS (the Syndicated Alliance of Irregular and Talented Specialists): Song, the master of the mystic Tao of Twelve Winds; Diego, a clairvoyant who can see past events and past lives; Ronny, a man of unparalleled intuition; Audrey, the ultimate exponent of the healing arts of the Ayurveda; and Zengo, the enigmatic founder of SAINTS.

Using sheer intellect and mastering their subtle supernatural forces, SAINTS is called upon to stop an equally formidable force, Los Payasos. But before they can succeed, in a race against time, one team must unlock the cryptic codes of Emperor Qin’s tomb while the second must find the Lost Treasure of the Incas, for so it seems, one needs the other. Yin and Yang.

SONG OF WINDS is a 120,000 word quasi-historical novel; a complex and thought provoking mystery that might topple all common thinking about the relics of a rich past. It is also an adventure, a romp and a love story, a tale steeped in history and geography and magical what-if’s.

Like the The DaVinci Code or National Treasure, readers will find themselves believing in the possibilities just beneath the inexplicable and, moreover, realizing there may very well be mystery in what people often consider mundane.

Available in Singapore at Kinokuniya and Popular bookstores. Also available online internationally at Amazon.com and the Straits Times Press website. …more

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In this fine short-story collection, 29 Filipino American writers explore the universal challenges of adolescence from the unique perspectives of teens in the Philippines or in the U.S. Organized into five sections–Family, Angst, Friendship, Love, and Home–all the stories are about growing up and what the introduction calls “growing into Filipino-ness, growing with Filip In this fine short-story collection, 29 Filipino American writers explore the universal challenges of adolescence from the unique perspectives of teens in the Philippines or in the U.S. Organized into five sections–Family, Angst, Friendship, Love, and Home–all the stories are about growing up and what the introduction calls “growing into Filipino-ness, growing with Filipinos, and growing in or growing away from the Philippines…”. The stories are delightful! (Booklist) …more

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